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Woman hacks North Bay Health Care Group

Date: June 10, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center

According to Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice (CCIPS,, May 27, 2004, United States Attorney McGregor W.Scott announced that Jessica Quitugua Sabathisa, 31, of Vallejo, California was charged with ten counts of fraudulently using her computer to embezzle more than $875,035 from North Bay Health Care Group ("North Bay"). North Bay is a not-for-profit organization which operates hospitals and clinics in Vacaville and Fairfield, California.

This computer crime case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Robin R. Taylor, who is prosecuting the crime, the indictment charges that between July 2001, and April 2004, Sabathia, an accounts payable clerk, used her computer to access North Bay's accounting software. Without the authority of her employer, Sabathia issued approximately one hundred and twenty-seven checks payable to herself and others. To conceal the fraud, Sabathia altered the electronic check register to make it appear that the checks had been payable to North Bay's vendors. Sabathia cashed several of the checks, and many were deposited into her bank account, and the bank accounts of others, and used for personal expenses.

If convicted, Sabathia faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine for each count of the computer fraud.

The charges in the indictment are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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2010-10-12 07:31:08 - hacks.... it sounds more like a stupid... Josh
2004-06-14 14:51:44 - I am certain North Bay Health Care didn't... Roman M. Pawnyk
2004-06-14 14:51:31 - I am certain North Bay Health Care didn't... Roman M. Pawnyk
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